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Coronavirus: 67% back 'circuit breaker' lockdown - and 61% don't trust PM on pandemic, Sky News poll suggests

Coronavirus: 67% back 'circuit breaker' lockdown - and 61% don't trust PM on pandemic, Sky News poll suggests

Two-thirds say they would support a "circuit breaker" as fears grow over the spread this winter.Just over half of the public think the government is making the wrong decisions in its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a YouGov survey for Sky News.The poll also revealed that 67% of people would support a short "circuit breaker" lockdown in EnglandThe same percentage said they are scared about the impact of COVID-19 this winter.Asked about the UK government's response, 52% said they are making the wrong decisions - while 26% said they are making the right ones.And 61% said...

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Instagram investigated over alleged illegal processing of children's data

Instagram investigated over alleged illegal processing of children's data

The EU's lead authority for Facebook in Ireland is investigating whether the company illegally processed children's data.Instagram is being investigated regarding alleged illegal processing of children's personal information, by the Irish privacy watchdog which is the EU's lead authority on Facebook.The Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) is investigating whether 's parent company was illegally processing the data of children who chose to switch from personal accounts to business accounts, thus publishing their contact details.Until last year Instagram required business accounts to make...

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Nokia to build 4G network on the moon for NASA

Nokia to build 4G network on the moon for NASA

The agency's new Artemis programme aims to establish a sustainable human presence on the moon within the next decade.NASA has chosen Nokia to build a 4G network on the moon as part of the space agency's Artemis programme, which aims to establish a sustainable human presence there.The Finnish company will build the technology which will be integrated into 's lunar landers and used for remote control, as well as streaming high-definition videos.The , named after the mythological sister of Apollo, the first moon mission's namesake, aims to take the first woman and the next man taken to the...

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France terror attack: Thousands gather in Paris to honour murdered teacher

France terror attack: Thousands gather in Paris to honour murdered teacher

EyewitnessFor some, this was a protest in defence of free speech, while others saw it as a show of strength against racism.In a nation that prizes the power of protest, Place de la Republique, in the heart of Paris, is a traditional centre of venting your emotion.There are demonstrations here every weekend. When I came to Paris for a huge anti-government protest last year, the place ended up shrouded in tear gas, its cobbles ripped up to be hurled at the police.But here on Sunday, the protests were of a very different order. Fuelled by outrage over the horrific, savage murder of , they were...

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US election: Huge numbers cast early ballots, as Trump and Biden pitch for votes

US election: Huge numbers cast early ballots, as Trump and Biden pitch for votes

Some 16% of the votes in the 2016 election have already been cast as Democrat enthusiasm and coronavirus brings out voters early.Huge numbers of votes have already been cast in the US election as Donald Trump and Joe Biden strive to win over those as yet undecided.More than 22 million Americans have already cast ballots, a record-breaking number by this stage, driven by the enthusiasm of Democrat supporters and the impact of the pandemic.The 22.2 million early votes lodged by Friday night is 16% of all the ballots cast in the 2016 presidential election, with eight states yet to report their...

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Mysterious 37m feline geoglyph discovered in Peru near famous Nazca Lines

Mysterious 37m feline geoglyph discovered in Peru near famous Nazca Lines

Peru's Ministry of Culture says the newly discovered geoglyph was at danger of becoming completely erased due to erosion.Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video playerArchaeologists in Peru have discovered a huge feline geoglyph on a hillside, the country's Ministry of Culture has said.The new motif was found in Nazca, home to 's world famous Nazca Lines that are carved on the surface of the coastal desert in the south of the country, depicting creatures, shapes and plants.In a written statement, the ministry said the newly discovered geoglyph, which is 37 metres long, was...

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China criminalises insulting its national flag - including turning it upside down

China criminalises insulting its national flag - including turning it upside down

The changes to the law have been made after anti-government protesters in Hong Kong desecrated a Chinese flag last year.China has amended a law to make the intentional insulting or defacing of its national flag and emblem a criminal offence. The amendments to the National Flag and National Emblem Law, which were passed on Saturday by the Standing Committee of 's congress, will ensure anyone who intentionally burns, mutilates, paints, defaces or tramples the flag and emblem in public will be investigated for criminal responsibility.It will also prohibit the flag from being discarded,...

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New Zealand election: Jacinda Ardern wins second term after rival concedes

New Zealand election: Jacinda Ardern wins second term after rival concedes

Jacinda Ardern's party was ahead after her campaign was dominated by her successful handling of the coronavirus crisis.Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video playerJacinda Ardern has won a second term in office after her rival conceded in New Zealand's general election. Initial tallies showed Ms Ardern's Labour Party was ahead after her campaign was dominated by her successful handling of the crisis.The 40-year-old leader went head to head with Judith Collins of the National Party in the election to form the country's 53rd parliament - a referendum on Ms Ardern's three-year...

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France terror attack: Teacher reportedly 'decapitated' after showing images of Prophet Muhammad

France terror attack: Teacher reportedly 'decapitated' after showing images of Prophet Muhammad

The French president describes it as a "cowardly attack", saying the man was killed because he "taught the freedom of expression".Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video playerA man has been "assassinated" in an Islamist terror attack in a Paris suburb "because he was a teacher", France's president has said.The history teacher, who is said to have discussed images of the Prophet Muhammad with his pupils, was beheaded, it has been reported.The suspected attacker was shot dead about 600 metres from the scene, according to the AP news agency.It happened on a street in Conflans...

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Thailand: State of emergency introduced in Bangkok after protesters obstruct royal motorcade

Thailand: State of emergency introduced in Bangkok after protesters obstruct royal motorcade

Insulting the monarchy in Thailand is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.A strict new state of emergency in Bangkok has been declared by the Thai government after demonstrators obstructed a royal motorcade.Queen Suthida had been travelling in a convoy on the streets of the capital after attending a Buddhist ceremony at the Grand Palace when the motorcade was heckled on Wednesday.Protesters were seen raising their hands with a three-finger salute, which has become a symbol of resistance in the country. It was taken from the Hollywood film The Hunger Games and was banned by the military...

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Brexit: Boris Johnson says it's time to 'get ready' for no trade deal with EU

Brexit: Boris Johnson says it's time to 'get ready' for no trade deal with EU

The PM says "there doesn't seem to be any progress coming from Brussels", but leaders there say talks will continue next week.Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video playerBoris Johnson says it's time to "get ready" for the prospect of no free trade deal with the EU on 1 January.The prime minister claimed Brussels had "abandoned" the ambition but insisted "we always knew there would be changes" next year once the transition period ends.Speaking from Downing Street after an summit which both sides said was the deadline for hammering out a deal, Mr Johnson said it looked like...

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US Election 2020: Facebook and Twitter block 'highly suspicious' story about Joe Biden's son Hunter

US Election 2020: Facebook and Twitter block 'highly suspicious' story about Joe Biden's son Hunter

The Biden campaign has denied that a meeting alleged in the documents obtained by the New York Post ever took place.Facebook and Twitter are preventing users from sharing a story about Hunter Biden, which was published in circumstances an expert in foreign interference described as "highly suspicious".Two articles published in the New York Post claim to present evidence that Hunter Biden, the son of US presidential candidate , introduced a Ukrainian businessman to his father, when he was vice president.This alleged evidence was stolen from a laptop left at a computer repair shop, whose...

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Coronavirus: France declares state of emergency as night-time lockdown imposed on Paris and eight other cities

Coronavirus: France declares state of emergency as night-time lockdown imposed on Paris and eight other cities

The French president says people will not be allowed to go to restaurants or visit friends between 9pm and 6am in these areas.A state of emergency has been declared in France, and President Emmanuel Macron has announced a curfew between 9pm and 6am for the areas worst-affected by coronavirus.Ile-de-France and eight metropolitan areas - including Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Aix-Marseille, Saint Etienne and Toulouse - will face the curfews for four weeks, starting on Saturday.During the curfew hours, people will not be allowed to go to restaurants or visit friends - but there will be no...

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Coronavirus: 'Dr Johnny Bananas' and 'Dr Person Fakename' among medical signatories on herd immunity open letter

Coronavirus: 'Dr Johnny Bananas' and 'Dr Person Fakename' among medical signatories on herd immunity open letter

ExclusiveOther listed supporters include Dr Harold Shipman and Dominic Cummings of "Durham Univercity".A widely-circulated open letter calling on governments to pursue herd immunity is counting homeopaths, therapists and fake names among its "medical" signatories, leading to accusations that it falsely represents scientific support for the controversial position.The Great Barrington Declaration, a letter organised by prominent advocates of , claims to have been signed by more than 15,000 scientists and medical practitioners, as well as more than 150,000 members of the general public.Yet Sky...

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Largest Irish budget in history assumes no Brexit deal and no COVID-19 vaccine

Largest Irish budget in history assumes no Brexit deal and no COVID-19 vaccine

Ireland's new coalition government unveiled its first Budget in Dublin today, spending heavily with borrowed money to combat the pandemic’s economic damage, and the threat of a no-deal Brexit. The total package of €17.75 billion (£16.1bn), described by the country's finance minister Paschal Donohoe as "unprecedented in its size and scale" and the largest in the country's history, will include a €3.4bn national recovery fund to tackle the two main threats.An extra €4bn will be given to the country's health system to continue tackling the pandemic, including the provision of extra beds, PPE...

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Coronavirus: Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19

Coronavirus: Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19

Football star Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for coronavirus, the Portuguese Football Federation (PFF) has said.The Portuguese attacker will now miss his country's Nations League match against Sweden on Wednesday.The 35-year-old, who also plays for the Italian side Juventus, is said to be "doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation".Ronaldo posted a photo of himself on Instagram on Monday which showed him sat around a long dinner table with fellow members of the Portugal team. A post shared by (@cristiano) on Oct 12, 2020 at 12:56pm PDTHowever, no further positive tests have been...

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Coronavirus: England has reached a tipping point similar to first wave, deputy chief medical officer says

Coronavirus: England has reached a tipping point similar to first wave, deputy chief medical officer says

England has reached a tipping point similar to the first wave of coronavirus but is still in a position to stop history repeating itself, the country's deputy chief medical officer has said. Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said the best way to keep transmission low and stop the NHS being overwhelmed was for people with symptoms to self-isolate and get a test, and for people to wash their hands, wear face coverings and maintain social distancing.He also said that the country now has much better testing capabilities, knows more about the disease, and has better treatments than during the first...

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Facebook responsible for 94% of 69 million child sex abuse images reported by US tech firms

Facebook responsible for 94% of 69 million child sex abuse images reported by US tech firms

Facebook was responsible for 94% of the 69 million child sex abuse images reported by US technology companies last year.The figures emerged as seven countries, including the UK, published a statement on Sunday warning of the impact of end-to-end encryption on public safety online.Facebook has previously announced plans to fully encrypt communications in its Messenger app, as well as its Instagram Direct service - on top of WhatsApp, which is already encrypted - meaning no one apart from the sender and recipient can read or modify messages.The social media site said the changes are designed...

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Human 'microevolution' sees more people born without wisdom teeth and an extra artery

Human 'microevolution' sees more people born without wisdom teeth and an extra artery

More people are being born without wisdom teeth and an extra artery in their arm as a result of a human "microevolution" in recent years, a study has found.Babies now have shorter faces, smaller jaws and extra bones in their legs and feet, a study in the Journal of Anatomy found.Australian researchers who worked on the paper claim the human race is evolving faster than it has done at any point in the past 250 years.Over time, human faces have got shorter, which has seen our mouths get smaller, with less room for as many teeth.As part of natural selection and our increased ability to chew...

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Two women jointly win Nobel Prize for chemistry for first time in history

Two women jointly win Nobel Prize for chemistry for first time in history

Professor Emmanuelle Charpentier and Professor Jennifer Doudna have won the 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work developing a method for genome editing.The award takes the number of women who have ever won the Nobel Prize in chemistry from five to seven.Both scientists will equally share 10 million Swedish kronor (£866,000) for their discovery of "one of gene technology's sharpest tools" - the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technique, or "genetic scissors" as the committee described it."Using these [scissors], researchers can change the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with...

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New York window cleaners left dangling 200ft in the air after platform collapses

New York window cleaners left dangling 200ft in the air after platform collapses

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video playerWindow cleaners were left dangling on a New York high-rise on Monday, after the platform they were using to scale the building collapsed.A rescue mission was mounted to save the two men, who were clinging on to the broken scaffolding more than 61m (200ft) in the air.Aerial footage shows the platform hanging by one attachment as two workers are precariously positioned on top of it.Fire crews were called at around 9.10am local time to the Brookfield Place complex in Lower Manhattan, and got rescue lines out to the workers.The Fire...

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Scientists discover 24 'superhabitable' planets with conditions that are better for life than Earth

Scientists discover 24 'superhabitable' planets with conditions that are better for life than Earth

A total of 24 "superhabitable" planets may have conditions more suitable for life than Earth and better stars than the sun, according to researchers.The study, led by State University, identified planets that were older, slightly larger, warmer and wetter than Earth.They added that life could thrive more easily on planets which orbit changing stars with longer lifespans than the sun at a slower speed.The 24 planets identified are all more than 100 light years away, meaning it is difficult to see them up close.However, researchers have said that these findings could help inform future...

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Coronavirus: 'Rapid achievement' allows antibody trial to move to next phase

Coronavirus: 'Rapid achievement' allows antibody trial to move to next phase

The developers of a potential COVID-19 antibody treatment have moved trials to a third phase, hailing "rapid achievement" with no safety concerns to date.The world's largest vaccines player, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and Vir Biotechnology said their trial programme was also to be expanded across new sites in North America, South America and Europe.The pair have been working on an antibody-based treatment since April, while GSK has a separate vaccine partnership with Sanofi that entered clinical trials last month.It is hoped that the Comet-Ice trial under development with Vir, which began human...

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Two arrested on suspicion of rape and murder after mother and daughter found dead

Two arrested on suspicion of rape and murder after mother and daughter found dead

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of rape, murder and arson in connection with the deaths of a doctor and her teenage daughter.The men, aged 51 and 56 from Burnley, were arrested on Sunday evening, both on suspicion of two counts of murder, two counts of rape and one of arson with intent to endanger life.Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi, 49, and Vian Mangrio, 14, were found dead inside their house in Burnley, Lancashire, at about 8.45am on Thursday.There was evidence of fire and smoke damage inside the house.A post-mortem on Dr Sacharvi showed that she died from pressure to her neck and that she...

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Apple sues recycling firm for re-selling devices it was meant to dismantle

Apple sues recycling firm for re-selling devices it was meant to dismantle

Apple is taking a former business partner to court for allegedly stealing and reselling more than 100,000 devices which it had been hired to dismantle and recycle.GEEP Canada received more than 500,000 devices between January 2015 and December 2017, which the iPhone-maker had contracted it to dismantle and recycle.However, an investigation by discovered that 18% of these devices were still accessing the internet, suggesting they had in fact been sold on and not scrapped.GEEP does not deny that the iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches were stolen, but has claimed rogue employees were to...

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